“It is man's mimetic faculty in the widest sense that brings together what seems split and divided; the wholeness of the universe is sustained, Benjamin suggests, by “natural correspondences” that in turn stimulate and challenge man to respond by creating analogies, similarities, something that is akin”. (Demez, P. 2007: XXV, XXVI)"
"Akin is an intimate reflection through photographs, exploring the narratives of the people and the places where I grew up."
"In this work I am trying to question the fragile and uncertain future of working class families living in Trivero and the surrounding villages in the region of Piedmont, Italy. It is a meditation on the notion or idea of home, in contrast to how it is commonly represented."
"Life in such a rural village, in the countryside, now appears to offer very little to this community. The economic collapse of the woollen industries which provided the main source of income for the majority of families resident in Trivero has taken its toll."
"The younger generation experiences great difficulty coping with this economic reality and their increasing sense of insecurity has manifested in forms of self-destructive behaviour and an inability to make decisions."
"This unstable situation is also a narrative thread for the surrounding landscape: the increasing emptiness of the territory, turning houses and factories into derelict ruins which function as reminders of past prosperity."
"Photographing the rural landscape is a way to tell the story of these people and to underline how human intervention has shaped the valley where they are living."
Francesco’s work contributes to the critical reframing of landscape representation in contemporary photography. It offers the viewer a multi sensorial reflection on our appreciation of the landscape, in which imagination, memory and nostalgia for the past provide the opportunity to explore cultural representation of place. This strategy reconnects the viewer with the classical aesthetic representation of landscape, taking them on a journey that privileges the everyday and the rediscovery of the non-places that have become unfamiliar in modern society. This approach to landscape is inclined to study how the land and its inhabitant are changing, and how they have transitioned from agricultural to a post-industrial economy.